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Hostage situation ends in Oshkosh prison
By whbl.com
Published: 08/11/2011

OSHKOSH, Wis (WSAU) There was a hostage situation in the Oshkosh State Prison yesterday morning.

An inmate was speaking with the prison chaplain, when he was able to close and lock a door--trapping the chaplain inside. Other prison staff were able to talk the inmate into unlocking the door and setting the chaplain free about an hour later.

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  1. alee108 on 08/11/2011:

    It is amazing how the Department of Corrections officials in Madison (under Walker’s rule) have put their spin on information! The Chaplain had been locked in the room with the Inmate for over two hours before anyone discovered her predicament. The hostage situation lasted more than 6 and half hours. The Inmate didn’t just “lock the door” but had barricaded himself and the Chaplain inside of her office. Staff “talking” the Inmate out of the room is far from correct, and entering (breaking into) the room to “save” this staff member was never an option. The truth is far more important than the watered down version that Mr. Le Monds has decided is best for public consumption. There is nothing the Employees of Oshkosh Correctional Institution have to be embarrassed about, the highly trained Officers and the Chaplain followed procedures. Because of their actions a potential deadly situation was diffused. When Correctional Staff leave a dangerous situation safely, everybody wins and it is every day that Correctional Employees leave a dangerous situation! The Governor has worked to cut funding and remove benefits, essentially taking huge chunks out of their already small paychecks. These types of situations put the spotlight on just how dangerous the job is that our Correctional staff faces daily. The people who work in these facilities are dedicated. Although their lives are at risk, they choose to come to work every day, keeping our society safe at their own risk. Supporting the Correctional Employees and all State Unions would be the honorable thing to do, Governor. Support the hard working Men and Women who give their all to keep this state running smoothly.

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